Monday, May 27, 2013

Greenhouse Update

Today’s blog is a day late, as I had company over to help with my greenhouse project on Sunday, my normal blog day. The good news is I was able to put in two good days in the greenhouse, and have hard working help for the second day. There are now six 4x4 square foot beds made and full of soil, waiting on just trim work to be complete. I have another 2x40 feet of planting boxes mostly built, and the quack grass cleaned out of 2/3 of the greenhouse overall.  There is still a fair bit to go, and it is great seeing significant progress in such as a large task. 
Dennis Donohue

Monday, May 20, 2013

Long Weekend, where did you go?

This was supposed to be a lovely 4 day long weekend with my beautiful wife. Wine tasting on Saturday night, and I had booked help to install raised beds in the greenhouse on Sunday (not too early mind you)., So the truck is full of compost, there are boards and bricks stacked in the field, and nothing at home has been accomplished. Sunday morning, way too early, I received a call from work requiring my presence. 22.5 hours of overtime later, my weekend is done.
Dennis Donohue

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Zombie Apocalypse Plan

Last week in the Kwoon, the subject of Zombies and how to survive their attacks came up, including some possible fight scenes of the possible attacks. Now this was all in good fun, but one person stated that they would “just die” in that scenario. I quickly pointed out that this would be offering up their children as zombie snacks (they are cute and tasty looking kids) and the opinion changed. The presence of the children took the “just die” option off the table, so this means as parents they would have to do their best to survive. Many of the leading disaster relief agencies have put on tongue in cheek “Zombie  Awareness Drills”, because the skills and resources required to survive such an attack are the same as for most any other emergency.
So, other that cool fight choreography, what does this have to with Kung Fu? The simple answer is do you want to be part of the problem or the solution?
A trained martial artist is a powerful force, which can be used for good or evil, and depending on the viewpoint, what is good for one person can be evil to another. Using you skills to protect and get food for your children is generally good, unless you take from someone else, then they will see you as evil. If your family is safe and fed, then those same skills can be used for good, protecting the weak from wanna-be warlords, ensuring fair distribution of aid then you are a more universal force of good.
As a group of martial artists, we have a lot going for us. We can and have worked as a group, we are basically impossible to disarm, even if our physical weapons are removed, and will still have empathy for the less fortunate.
Right now, the supply system is working, and all you need for your physical health is available at a store near you, and anything you buy will be restocked tomorrow, so others are not deprived because of what you do. In a disaster, whatever it is, the stores are normally stripped bare in hours, and the resupply trucks are slow in coming. Go and get what you might need now, and if something bad happens, your family will be safe and fed at home, you can go and help others, instead of being a burden on overworked relief agencies.  Think of it as your Zombie Apocalypse Insurance Plan, since the closest that zombies come to mindful eating is “Brainzzzz”

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Congratulations to everyone on Pandamonium

It was a beautiful weekend, life is good, and finally coming in from outside I realized that I had not Blogged.In other significant events, on May first, I wrote my government Master Electrician exam, they allow 7 hours, I took about 5.5, and feel pretty good about the results. Probably two more weeks until I have official paperwork to confirm if I passed.